|Sadly, the Thai border town of Ranong, where tourists cross to Burma to renew their visas, was one of the towns seriously damaged in the 2004 Tsunami, and there was great loss of life there. Amazingly, we couldn’t identify much damage, and judging from our dinner stop at the local market, Ranong is a pretty bustling and lively place. At first it felt like quite a hassle to have to go on a visa run and leave Thailand, but in the end it was pretty easy and uneventful. We crossed over into Burma for a total of 20 minutes, during which time we purchased a crisp 10 dollar bill from a sketchy guy on the side of the road, and gave it to the even sketchier immigration official. We had heard from other travelers that they are very strict in Burma about the bills being crisp and that they only accept American dollars. True to what we had heard, they were so strict about the rule on crispness that our first bill, which looked crisp to us, was rejected and we had to go back and exchange it for another one. All in all it only took about an hour to do the whole visa run, and we felt sorry that we didn’t have more time to explore the Burma that lies beyond the immigration desk. Check out our photos to see a shot of the driver of the small boat that took us from Thailand to Burma and back.